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Officials confirm lumber company buys former Kmart building




R.P. Lumber, a full-service building materials business with nearly 50 stores in Illinois and Missouri, has purchased the long empty former Kmart store on Columbus Street (Route 23) in Ottawa.


Boyd Palmer, executive director of the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry, told The Times Wednesday the sale of the property was finalized Friday.


"We and the owners of R.P. Lumber are both very excited about this new business coming into this community," said Palmer. "This (building supply center) will fill a niche in town that has long been needed.


The owners have promised they will be a good partner in the community." The current Streator location will remain open.


Palmer would not speculate on when renovations might begin or when the store might be open. However, he said the renovations "will be extensive."


"They plan to have meetings soon with city officials to begin the process," he said, referring to R.P. Lumber representatives.


According to its website, R.P. Lumber was founded by Robert L. Plummer in January 1977, in Staunton. Since then, the company has grown to 46 lumber yard locations and two truss plants throughout Illinois and Missouri. It is a full-service building materials supplier offering lumber, tools, and delivery services with kitchen and bath design.


Palmer said the Kmart building has been vacant for more than a decade. He added, combined with the recent opening of the nearby Bill Walsh car dealerships, "This is more great news for the city."





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